Mendy joins OM injury list
Olympique de Marseille's Benjamin Mendy will be out of action for at least six weeks with a hamstring strain, the left-back joining an extensive injury list at the club ahead of Sunday's resumption of league duties at home to Guingamp.
Sunday's Coupe de France victory over SM Caen came with something of a price-tag for OM boss Míchel, who saw Mendy pull up short with a hamstring strain that club doctors estimate will have the his first-choice left-back out of action from six to eight weeks.
It comes at a tough time for the 21-year-old, whose recent performances had drawn criticism from his coach, but also a tough time for Míchel, who in the same match also lost Paolo De Ceglie - Mendy's deputy at left-back - to a neck injury that will see him out of action for ten days.
On top of this, playmaker Rémy Cabella, who incurred a groin strain in Week 19's 1-1 draw in Bordeaux, has not yet recovered and may not be available before February, leaving Míchel to cobble a team together in the continued absence of Romain Alessandrini (foot) and Bouna Sarr (ankle).
Nkoudou a chance
The only positive news for the Spaniard as he prepares for Sunday's clash with EA Guingamp has been Georges-Kévin Nkoudou's projected mid-week return to training. The 20-year-old was in fine form before picking up a hamstring strain in Week 18's 1-1 draw with GFC Ajaccio, and is a chance to figure when EA Guingamp come calling on Sunday.